We are seeking a full-time Research Specialist to join the Livestock Microbial Ecology Laboratory in the Department of Microbiological Sciences at North Dakota State University. The overall goal of this interdisciplinary research laboratory is to harness the livestock microbiome to enhance animal health and productivity, and thereby mitigate challenges facing modern food-animal production. Expectations for the Research Specialist candidate include conducting a broad range of analysis in the research field of the livestock microbiome, and the specific analysis may include, but not limited to, DNA and RNA extraction; regular, quantitative, and digital PCR; anaerobic and aerobic microbial culturing; tissue cell culturing; and basic next-generation sequencing. This position also carries a field component with participation in research trials involving large animals, including preparing logistics and sample and sample collection. Laboratory management, ordering and record keeping, as well as training and assisting graduate and undergraduate students with analytical laboratory techniques and data collection are expected.
Position does not support Visa sponsorships at this time.
The work schedule is for a full-time position and is expected to work from 8 AM – 5 PM from Monday to Friday. However, daily, and weekly schedules can be flexible depending upon specific laboratory or research projects at the time.
B.S. Degree in Microbiological Sciences or Animal Sciences, Biological Sciences, or related field.
Demonstrated experience with microbiology or relevant laboratory techniques.
Experience and/or willingness to work with large animals, such as cattle, sheep, and pigs.
Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
Have good written and oral communication skills.
MSc. Degree in the fields of Microbiological Sciences or Animal Sciences, Biological Sciences, or related field.
North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. We educate leaders who solve national and global challenges by providing affordable access to an excellent education that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment.
NDSU is in the highest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, R1, granted to the top research institutions in the country.
NDSU has offices across the state of North Dakota, and the main campus is in Fargo, on the Minnesota border. Along with Moorhead, Minnesota, Fargo forms one of the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. The community is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live.
Membership is open to individuals, organizations, or firms interested in research and application, instruction, or extension in animal science
or associated with the production, processing, marketing, or distribution of livestock and livestock products.